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DARPA Reveals Design For Their New Vertical Take-Off Aircraft

Ladies and gentlemen, the awesome X-Plane!

If you are familiar with the aircraft industry, you are probably aware about the DARPA’s long-time goal of creating “an unmanned vertical take-off and landing (VTOL)” plane.

According to a report by IFLScience, the long wait may soon be officially over. Besides, DARPA (or Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has just awarded the second phase design contract to Aurora Flight Sciences.

This has been confirmed when DARPA recently posted an animated video on their YouTube channel which likewise gives us a first look on the upcoming aircraft’s awesome design.

DARPA has officially announced that they are working closely with Aurora Flight Sciences in completing the VTOL X-Plane.

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Source: DARPA

The video description tells us:

“DARPA’s Vertical Takeoff and Landing Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program seeks to provide innovative cross-pollination between fixed-wing and rotary-wing technologies and by developing and integrating novel subsystems to enable radical improvements in vertical and cruising flight capabilities. In an important step toward that goal, DARPA has awarded the Phase 2 contract for VTOL X-Plane to Aurora Flight Sciences.”

The X-Plane will be able to carry 4 times its weight and sustain a speed of 345 to 460 mph.

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Source: DARPA

The X-Plane will be powered by a 4,000 horsepower engine that generates 3 megawatts of electricity which, in turn, propels the 24 ductless fans. The aircraft also boasts a speed of 345 to 460 miles per hour plus the capability to carry a load of about 4,500 kilograms.

The experimental aircraft has very impressive features, even ooutperforming the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey.

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Source: DARPA

Once completed, the X-Plane is expected to provide better performance than the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, another VTOL aircraft. It can easily transition from hover to flight mode.

Check out the VTOL X-Plane in action here:

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The video has attracted a lot of online interest lately as it has immediately racked 439,000 views in just 6 days. Several websites have also picked up on the story and so we can all safely guess that the video’s view count will continue to increase soon.

H/T: IFLScience

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Compelling Ad For Earth Hour 2016 Predicts A Hopeful Future And A Better Earth.

This compelling ad campaign depicts that Earth Hour is more than a “lights-off” event.

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In celebration of the upcoming Earth Hour 2016, Iris Singapore and World Wildlife Fund collaborated to produce one compelling environmental ad campaign with a tagline that says "The Future Starts Today."

The video begins with an old woman in year 2090 narrating every significant year, event and actions taken by humans towards protecting our planet earth until it backtracks to the present (year 2016). Taking its inspiration from Benjamin Button, the video depicts an old woman transforming to her younger self while a footage is being played in reverse. It ends with a powerful message, claiming that 2016 is the year when people make history and take action to "change climate change."...

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Awesome Stationary Bike Actually Doubles As A Washing Machine

Now, you can wash your clothes as you exercise.

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This Mega-Machine Absorbs Carbon Dioxide from Air And Can Tranform It Into Gasoline

Keep your fingers crossed.

Imagine a machine that can suck carbon emissions from the air and turn it into gasoline sounds like a pipe dream. But Carbon Engineering, an independent Canadian company based in Calgary, Alberta, is actually working on a huge project - a big-ass machine that can absorb massive amounts of CO2 emissions - we're talking about emissions produced of about 300,000 cars. The company has a prototype machine that is housed at the University of Calgary.

A giant, carbon-sucking machine.

A giant, carbon-sucking machine.

Source: bigthink.com

Here's how it will work. The absorbed CO2 goes into a container, which has two ends. Air flows through the ends while CO2-absorbent liquid is poured in through the top. The liquid and carbon-laced air gather in a device located at the end of the container. Tightly-corrugated PVC sheets in the container helps in converting CO2 into carbonate. The end product is liquid containing carbonate, which will be disposed using proper methods....

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